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Flying in a Dakota

Aboard the 75-year old royal PH-PBA dakota

Oct. 19, 2019 -

As a wonderful birthday gift I was honoured to fly in a DC-3 classic plane. It was the 75-year old PH-PBA, a C-47A Skytrain or Dakota, formerly owned by H.R.H. Prince Bernhard from The Netherlands. It's a very special plane operated by the enthusiastic people from the Dutch Dakota Association (DDA Classic Airlines). Read along for some aviation history!

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Electrical generator, powered by a German built Deutz diesel engine, used to start the R-1830 engines
Electrical generator, powered by a German built Deutz diesel engine, used to start the R-1830 engines
The R-1830 Twin Wasp piston engine at work - it feels alive!
The R-1830 Twin Wasp piston engine at work - it feels alive!
Flying over the Zuidermeerdijk near Urk, with the Ketelbrug visible crossing the water
Flying over the Zuidermeerdijk near Urk, with the Ketelbrug visible crossing the water
PH-PBA wing over Friesland, the Markermeer on the horizon
PH-PBA wing over Friesland, the Markermeer on the horizon
Inside the cabin you have a clear view into the cockpit as there is no door separating the pilots from the passengers
Inside the cabin you have a clear view into the cockpit as there is no door separating the pilots from the passengers
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PH-PBA "Prinses Amalia" being prepared for takeoff by DDA volunteers at Lelystad Airport (October 2019)

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